Greek Chicken

I can never leave well enough alone.  It’s a curse, really.  But sometimes it works out.

Like Saturday for instance, I pinned a recipe for Greek chicken with every intention of following it.  But you know… I can’t leave well enough alone.  So I decided I’d just make my own Greek chicken.

It was delicious.

Greek Chicken w/ Red potatoes and Snow Peas

  • chicken – I made 2 breasts and 12 thighs (we’re a family of 7)
  • 1 bottle of Ken’s Greek dressing
  • about 2 – 3 lbs of red potatoes
  • 1 lb. of snow peas

It’s super simple.  Place the chicken in a ziplock bag with the entire contents of the dressing bottle.  Let it marinate for at least an hour.  Mine marinated for  about 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Rinse and chop the potatoes into bite size chunks.  Rinse the snow peas.  For the sake of my littles, I also chopped most of the snow peas in half.  Most of the kids don’t care for snow peas.  I find that they will frequently eat more of their less favored foods if they are bite sized.  Small green veggies are less intimidating than long green veggies?  Who knows.

Anyway, put the chicken pieces into a 9 x 13 pan.  This much chicken required 2 pans.  You don’t want it crowded in there because you’ve got to leave room for the veggies.  Add those to the dish and pour some of the marinade over the whole thing to moisten and flavor everything.  Too much liquid will keep the chicken from browning.  Not enough liquid will dry everything out.  You want it covered but not swimming.

Cover the pan with foil and let it cook for about 30 minutes.  Check your potatoes.  You want them fork tender.  If they’re close or there, go ahead and take the foil off and let the chicken brown for about 15 – 20 minutes.   It’s okay if peas start getting crunchy or dark on the ends.  It will only be a few of them and those are yummy too.

When it’s browned up to your liking, let it sit for a few minutes out of the oven before you serve it.  This will give the juices time to settle in.  You don’t want to start cutting up your meat right away or all the juices will pour out and leave the chicken a little dryer.

I like this with a simple spring mix salad and Greek dressing, of course.

The fam loved this one.  I wasn’t too sure the kids would really be into it – snow peas, Greek and all… but they really loved it too.  I’m finding that they seem to like the thigh meat better than the breast.  I think it’s because the meat is more tender and has a little more flavor.

Anyhoo, this was an easy dish that everyone really liked.  I was able to use veggies I got from my local produce co-op as well.  Major bonus.  If you try it, let me know how your family liked it.  And if you change something, I’d love to know what you did differently.

Enjoy!

– knittingprose

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